Safety Management System (SMS) is a comprehensive, collaborative approach that brings management and labor together to build on the transit industry’s existing safety foundation to control risk better, detect and correct safety problems earlier, share and analyze safety data more effectively, and measure safety performance more carefully. SMS is about applying resources to risk and is based on ensuring that a transit agency has the organizational infrastructure to support decision-making at all levels regarding the assignment of resources. Some key parts of SMS include:
- Defined roles and responsibilities
- Strong executive safety leadership
- Formal safety accountabilities and communication
- Effective policies and procedures
- Active employee involvement
- SMS Safety Bulletin - Guidance on SMS Support Services
- FTA Bus Safety Program and SMS for Small Agencies - Webinar: FTA Bus Safety Program and SMS for Small Agencies
- FTA Bus Safety Program and SMS for Small Agencies - National RTAP 101 Webinar Series: FTA Bus Safety Program and SMS for Small Agencies
- FTA SMS Framework - FTA SMS Framework
- FTA’s “Dear Colleague” Letter on SMS Policy - A description of the adoption of SMS as the basis for the initiatives FTA will undertake to improve the safety of public transportation.
- SMS Frequently Asked Questions - A detailed overview of SMS, its applications, and how it fits under MAP-21.
- Why SMS? - A brochure outlining the SMS framework.
- Implementing SMS Principles in Rail Transit Agencies - Transit Rail Advisory Committee for Safety (TRACS) Report